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Mauro Rosales



The Sounders return to the home pitch for a game Saturday night against the Philadephia Union. Mauro Rosales is still listed on the Sounders website and the MLS injury report as "questionable" as of Friday afternoon continuing to nurse a sprained Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) sprain. After 3 weeks it continues to put the Argentine playmaker towards the back end of the original comments by team physicians. This may also lead you to believe that the team is taking the injury more seriously and trying to have Maruo ready for the final play-off run.


What is the MCL?

The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is a strong flat band of fibrous tissue that extends from the medial epicondyle of the femur (thigh bone) to the medial plateau and superior part of the medial surface of the tibia (shin bone). The MCL is a thickening of the fibrous joint capsule and has an attachment to the medial meniscus. The most commont tear is a Grade I sprain. What that means is that there is microtearing of the MCL ligatment.


What does this mean for Saturday's game?

This is an injury that won't stop you from performing normal life duties but will slow down your ability to sprint and make quick cutting movements. If he were to play, the 30 yr old Argentinian will have difficutly with long through balls, trapping, and cutting. Midfield is one of the more challenging positions to this injury as your asking your knee to be in constant movement, elevating off of the pitch as you challenge for airborne balls, and sprinting to defend defensive terittory. Normal healing for a grade I MCL sprain is approx 4-8 weeks. If by chance Mauro plays look for Rosales to get an early curtain call from Sigi as they will want the midfielder well rested for the play-off run.




Ben Wobker, PT, MSPT, CSCS


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Orthopedic Physical Assessment, 4th Edition. David J. Magee, 2006





Mauro Rosales

MCL Anatomy


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